Rowan Brass Division Welcomes Jason Sulliman

Sulliman Headshot

October 7-10, The Rowan University Brass Division welcomes bass trombonist and brass pedagogy specialist Jason Sulliman for a 4-day BRASS RESIDENCY.  Jason’s groundbreaking pedagogical ideas will change the way you think about brass development.  Below is the tentative schedule.


Trombone/Low Brass Master Class 3-5PM in Wilson 105
6:30-8pm Concert Band (TBD)

Morning Trombone/Tuba/Euph Lessons
Brass Master Class  3:15-4:30 in Wilson 205  “Brass practice techniques”

3:30-4:45 Wind Ensemble in Wilson 156
7:30-9:30 Atlantic Brass Band in Boyd

11am-12:15pm Trumpet Ensemble
Boyd Recital Hall

Congrats to Rowan Trumpet Graduate Matt Hartmann

This past May, Matt Hartmann graduated from Rowan with degrees in Performance (Classical and Jazz) and Music Education, and this month he will begin two years as a Graduate Assistant at The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) with Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Scott Belck.  During his time at Rowan Matt played lead in Jazz Band, Lab Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Pep Band, and Trumpet Ensemble.  This past semester he was also 2nd Man in The Atlantic Brass Band.  Matt also taught for us in the Rowan Prep Program and his students showed excellent improvement.  It was great being his teacher these past few years and we wish him great success in his MM program and the future!

Two important things today

First, it is a very sad day. Rod Franks, longtime Principal Trumpet of the LSO has passed away after an automobile accident.  This is a huge loss for his family but also the world of brass.  I had the pleasure of meeting him for a lesson in London many years ago.  He was very kind and helpful. Then while the LSO was on tour in NYC and I was doing my DMA at Rutgers, I was able to get him to do a master class.  I drove into the city and picked him up at his hotel and took him to Rutgers.  It was a  great class.  We met up a third time at The University of Huddersfield when I was on sabbatical in 2009/10 and he was giving a master class for Philip McCann’s brass students.  The class ended with us all reading from his original Star Wars trumpet parts and playing along as he conducted and talked about the sessions with John Williams.   He was a great musician and trumpet player and will be missed by all.

Here is the link from 4BarsRest.


On a happier note, this youtube video of the recording session with Eminence Brass is really cool!